wings of the city

Presented by Bank of America
 


Here's a sneak peek of what you might see!


 

Falls Park on the Reedy Sculptures
 

Peace Center Sculptures
 


WHERE?
 

The City of Greenville has put together a digital self-guided walking tour of these nine sculptures, located at Falls Park on the Reedy, inside the Peace Center, and on the Peace Center's Graham Plaza.  Information about each statue is included in the walking tour, which is available below in both Spanish and English. Additionally, the sculptures each have plaques placed on them and QR codes are located nearby to quickly be able to attain statue information in-person. 

WHO?
 

Born in 1963 in Urupuan, Mexico, Jorge Marín is one of the most well-known figurative artists in Mexico. He began sculpting in the 1980s primarily in ceramics, but over time, bronze became his preferred sculpting material. Marín has participated in more than 300 exhibitions, and his work has been featured in galleries and museums across North and Central America, Europe, and Asia.

Jorge Marín's art is capable of penetrating the daily life of the humans and transforming it into unique moments. His sculptures change the urban landscape and transmit and tell personal and collective stories. An aesthetic experience where the perfection of the human body is mixed, in balance, with allegorical forms and fantastic beings. Jorge Marín is a maker of winged beings, rafts, animals, and how much it serves to rise consciousness through art, to promote reflection about our societies. Beyond the symbolism of his art, his pieces forge a connection with the public, creating a relation based on the certainty and the hope produced by his symbols.

“Art is an indispensable tool to generate more reflective and peaceful societies.”   - Jorge Marín


 


WHY?
 

The opportunity to bring "Wings of the City" to the East Coast (for the first time) was presented by the General Consulate of Mexico in Raleigh, NC. It was an easy sell.

"We are thrilled to welcome this magnificent collection to South Carolina and invite the public to enjoy the work of one of Mexico's most prominent cultural ambassadors." -General Consul, Claudia Velasco Osorio


After hearing more about this incredible opportunity, the Hispanic Alliance of SC, the City of Greenville (and its associated Arts in Public Places Commission), and the Jorge Marín Foundation collaborated to make the idea become a reality. According to Adela Mendoza, Executive Director of the Hispanic Alliance SC, the collection promotes a community-wide dialogue and offers a bridge to Mexican culture.

"'Wings of the City" highlights the importance of migration and the cultural exchange that enriches societies. This world-class exhibit celebrates the global spirit of the Upstate — symbolizing human connection across distance, and the role of art as a universal language." -Adela Mendoza


In 2013, the traveling "Wings of the City" installation began its journey through the United States, with stops in Texas (Dallas, San Antonio, Fort Worth, Brownsville & Houston), Colorado (Denver), and California (Anaheim, Santa Ana & Sacramento). Greenville, SC is the lucky host for 2021! 



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